xenomorph

xenomorph

ripley and the xenomorph

I am continuing to work through spot illustrations using some of my favorite films and actors as subject matter. This is a diptych of one of my favorite science fiction films, Alien.

Detail of Ripley from image

It is Ripley and the Xenomorph, face-to-face. Ever since I saw this film, I have been a big Giger fan. His creations have spawned decades of copy cats, but none have lived up to his imagination and this creature that brought new meaning to the word monster.

I am always looking to collaborate on new and interesting projects, so contact me and let’s see how we can work together.

Cap

Cap

Captain America

This is the my last illustration to close out 2018. Captain America has always been one of my favorite characters in the Marvel Universe and he seemed like a good subject for the last sketch of this year.

Like all of these recent spot illustrations, it began as a pure vector illustration. Simplifying a complex image down to key areas to convey the intent of the source material within the vector program.

Once that stage is complete, I will then work with the base vector in a bitmap editor to paint the illustration. This is done with a set of unique brushes as well as channel operations to lighten, darken, and manipulate the image.

This illustration is closer to the mark and is the culmination of the year’s efforts to transpose my traditional painting skills to a digital realm. Although I like this image, my technique is evolving and I look forward to expanding my illustration repertoire in 2019.

I am always looking for interesting projects to work on so if you need some illustration work, please contact me.

wonder woman

wonder woman

Wonder Woman deflecting a hail of bullets

Over this past year I have focused much of my free time to traditional illustrations. My development projects are large-scale, enterprise-wide applications that offer loads of productive development but not as much creative freedom.

These side sketches and spot illustrations have allowed me to refine the transposition of my traditional painting background to the digital realm. There is still much to work through and nothing will beat the feel of paper and canvas for me, but the ability to work in both “mediums” is a necessary requirement for artists today.

The image of Wonder Woman is taken from a scene in the movie where she storms the German line, leading her band of troops to victory. I continue to enjoy this movie and feel it is the most successful DC-based comic movie since the Dark Knight trilogies.

The piece started out as a simple vector illustration and evolved through painting and channel operations in the bitmap editor. I will continue to work on these sketches in the new year. If you have an upcoming project and you need a partner, please contact me and let’s talk.

indiana jones

indiana jones

I must have seen The Raiders of the Lost Ark about a dozen times in the theater, the year it came out. It remains one of my favorite films. This portrait is a reworking of an earlier spot illustration from last year. As I work on my technique, I revisit some old concepts while working on new ideas to keep up my hand skills. 

you’ll shoot your eye out!

you’ll shoot your eye out!

Ralph in his bunny suit from "A Christmas Story"

Another holiday favorite in our household is the classic A Christmas Story. Although it did not perform well on its theatrical release, it has become a staple of holiday film viewing all over the country.

This is a spot illustration of Ralphie in his Easter Bunny suit that he gets on Christmas morning. Like most of these representative illustrations recently, it begins in vector and then is painted in bitmaps using a variety of brushes and channel operations.